United States Maritime Administration, or MARAD, announced the activation of some naval ships and provided guidance for other ships coming into Haiti. Many of the vessels bringing relief supplies are part of the Amver system.
According to the advisory, shipping companies engaged in relief efforts to Haiti or the Dominican Republic, or engaged in trade with these nations, are requested to have the master provide a report to the the shipping coordination center, naval ocean processing facility, Dam Neck, VA prior to entering the reporting area.
This basic information will ensure safe passage of commercial ships and the safety of the U.S. Coast Guard and other naval forces in the area. Like Amver, this reporting request is voluntary.
You can read MARAD Advisory 2010-01 here.
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